Percy Jackson and The Olympians star Walker Scobell has given an optimistic update on the show’s release window. The Disney+ show is an adaptation of the book series of the same name by author Rick Riordan. Unlike the movies from the early 2010s, which were panned by fans, Percy Jackson and The Olympians TV series is being spearheaded by Riordan, with the creator of the books even writing for the show. Audiences, and Riordan himself, have shown excitement over the show staying closer to the books, something the movies sorely needed.
During an interview with GoErie, Scobell revealed that Percy Jackson and The Olympians might be coming to Disney+ sooner than what was expected. In a prior post on his blog, Riordan shared that the intended release date for the show was early 2024. Now, Percy Jackson actor Scobell updated that release window, saying that the show’s looking at a late 2023 to early 2024 release. The optimistic update will be sure to excite fans of the books, as there’s now a chance Percy Jackson and The Olympians might arrive in under a year.
What To Expect From The Disney+ Percy Jackson Series
Disney is coming into a literary goldmine with its adaptation of the Percy Jackson and The Olympians book series. There are a total of five books in the main series, with a sequel Percy Jackson series, The Heroes of Olympus, that mixes the trio of Percy, Annabeth and Grover, now older, with the Roman gods and new protagonist Jason. In short, the Percy Jackson franchise can be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s new rival, albeit both are on Disney’s side, with many story paths making a well-rounded universe of spinoffs possible, with the upcoming Percy Jackson and The Olympians Disney+ series leading the charge.
The first Percy Jackson and The Olympians teaser trailer has already shown that the series will be sticking close to its source material, with the casting of age-appropriate actors for the Camp Half-Blood cast and the use of an iconic Percy line being perfectly delivered by Scobell. Audiences can expect Percy Jackson and The Olympians to feel similar to another hugely popular book series’ adaptation, in the form of the Harry Potter movie franchise. Harry Potter’s trio of leads started the movies at a really young age, which allowed audiences to watch them grow with their characters throughout the movies. Percy Jackson and The Olympians will be able to recapture that magic, as the trio of leads stands in an age span of 13-16 years old.
How The Percy Jackson Series Will Differ From The Movies
The age disparity between the characters from the books and the actors who portrayed them in the Percy Jackson movies was a major cause for the fans’ backlash. Logan Lerman was 18 when he gave life to Percy in the first movie, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Lerman was the youngest lead in the movie, with co-stars Alexandra Daddario, 24, and Brandon T. Jackson, 26, rounding up the main cast. The age-appropriate casting isn’t the only thing that’ll differ the series from the movies, as the faulty CGI of the Percy Jackson movie sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, was unbecoming of such a popular IP. That mistake won’t be repeated in Percy Jackson and The Olympians, with author Riordan eyeing a budget similar to blockbuster Disney+ series WandaVision and The Mandalorian, both of which display great CGI.